The first time I heard about Veterans was during a support group meeting when a speaker said Veterans had a high rate of hep C and asked how we thought they'd gotten it. Nobody answered so I guessed and said battle wounds, unsterile instruments and transfusions and the speaker said , "PP No! It was IV drugs". I felt sorry for them, like I had to somehow defend them and said that had I been in the middle of a horrible war maybe I too would have done drugs.
My only excuse is that I knew nothing about Veterans back then. Faced with the same comment now, my answer would be very different.
P.S. At Xmas, my kids used to ask me what I wanted for a present. I always said, "A jet gun".and they laughed. I finally decided to get my own.